Judith McKerrecher, Professional Development Officer

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    Judith graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she gained a Joint Honours Degree in French and German. During this period, she spent time pursuing courses in Eberhard-Karls University in Tὕbingen and Stendhal University in Grenoble. She also has basic communication skills in Mandarin and Dutch. Judith has taken part in the teacher immersion course at Beijing Language and Culture University and attended a teacher delegation visit to Beijing and Tianjin.

    Upon graduating, Judith gained her PGDE at Moray House School of Education and worked as a Curriculum Leader for Modern Languages in Liberton High School and Craigmount High School in Edinburgh from which she is currently seconded to the post of Professional Development Officer with the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools.

    Over her teaching career, Judith has worked in Summer school programmes and assisted as a volunteer in the leadership of the Edinburgh Community Chinese School. She is a member of the Scotland China Education Network's Executive Committee and was a member of the Languages Working Group which drew up the recommendations to the Scottish Government for the 1+2 Languages Policy. She is also a member of the Scotland/China Cross Party Group.

    Judith has introduced Mandarin to learners in both of the departments she has led via taster classes, projects, clubs and HSK preparation. She has organised three joint school trips to China which allowed participants to experience the delights of Chinese culture, develop skills in Mandarin and spend time in their partner school in Tianjin. She has overseen courses in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin at various levels including Languages for Life and Work, National 4 and 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

    Judith has also worked closely with senior staff in her associated primary schools and has, in the past, delivered lessons to primary school learners. She enjoys developing projects and partnership working and is passionate about education, teaching and learning, mentoring, and achieving the best outcomes for young people both in school and beyond as they prepare for the world of work. Judith is very much looking forward to working with CISS and SCILT during her secondment.

    Contact:
    LH-232 Lord Hope Building
    University of Strathclyde
    141 St James Road
    Glasgow, G4 0LT

    Tel: 0141 444 8177

    judith.mckerrecher@strath.ac.uk

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